Mauricio Pochettino has singled out one moment that determined Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion
The Spurs’ nightmare continued on the eve of the international break, as they suffered a disastrous 3-0 loss at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It was Hugo Lloris’ mistake that allowed Neal Maupay to open the scoring in the third minute, with the French goalkeeper badly hurting himself in the process.
Tottenham captain, who was later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder, had to be stretchered off in the eighth minute, with Paulo Gazzaniga taking his place.
The Argentinean shot-stopper introduced himself with a wonderful save to deny Aaron Connolly in the 32nd minute only to see the young Irishman connect with the rebound to make it 2-0 for the hosts.
Pochettino, who has found himself on the ropes following another Spurs misery, has pointed out that Lloris’ injury decided the game.
“Of course. We cannot lie,” the manager said, as transcribed by The Guardian. “To concede after two minutes, then lose our captain was massive for the team.
🇦🇷 Mauricio Pochettino provides an update on Hugo Lloris:— SPORF (@Sporf) October 5, 2019
😪 "It was not a good situation and the news is not good."
🗣 "Do you think that affected the performance?"
😩 "Of course, we cannot lie. It is an emotional game and the team was very affected." pic.twitter.com/jNklrbXiwJ
“It was an emotional game. The team was affected. We started to play but never showed our real performance.
“I don’t want to take credit from Brighton, but of course, the team suffered a massive impact.”
Although the London visitors tried to hit back at the beginning of the second half, Connolly’s second goal of the match eventually helped the Seagulls to kill the game off.
Poch admitted that there was no way back for Tottenham when they conceded that third goal, offering an excuse to the fans.
“In the second half, we tried to find a solution. But [at] 3-0 we saw there was nothing to be done in the game.
“I feel sorry for our fans. I want to say thanks for the effort to come here, we know how they feel, we are disappointed too.
“We need now to find a way to stay together,” he concluded.